A distraught Mexican fan after their defeat at the hands of the Netherlands  in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

And so Mexico have done it again, falling at the second round stage for the sixth World Cup in succession after another agonising defeat for a nation (...)

 Arjen Robben of the Netherlands (C) is fouled  by Rafael Marquez of Mexico  at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: EPA

He doesn’t so much walk into the press conference as accuse his way in. Only minutes earlier Louis van Gaal has watched his players achieve a comebac(...)

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring the winner against Mexico in the second round of the  World Cup at Castelao   in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Mexico 1 We thought it was, plain and simple, too hot for football. Then Mexico scored and, in the burning heat of the second hal(...)

Netherlands’ Robin van Persie scores a sublime goal during the match against Spain. The Dutch striker returns from suspension for the last-16 tie with Mexico. Photograph: AP/Bernat Armangue

You might expect that, with three wins out of three, 10 goals scored, a 5-1 win over the world champions, and a route to the semi-finals more navigabl(...)

Mexico captain  Rafael Marquez  celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the World Cup Group A match against Croatia  at Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Mexico 3 Croatia 1In a bad-tempered Group A battle for second place Mexico won through to claim the dubious privilege of playing the Netherlands in Fo(...)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (centre)   during the FIFA World Cup 2014 Group A between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. Photograph: EPA

The winters are one of the best things about Brazil. In São Paulo, winter means you should carry a jacket in the evening, but in Fortaleza the only wa(...)

Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates with  team-mate Vedran Corluka after scoring against 
goal during the group A World Cup soccer match between
 Cameroon.

Mario Mandzukic has been advertising a chocolate bar back home, and there is a certain melt-in-your-mouth goodness to Croatia’s attacking play in B(...)

Oscar of Brazil takes on Rafael Marquez and Giovani dos Santos of Mexico in their Group A match. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Deflation definitely, but there was no panic on Brazil’s biggest television network after another stuttering performance by the national team during i(...)

Brazil’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari shouts instructions to his players during their 2014 World Cup Group A match against Mexico at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters 1:20

The cover of Brazilian GQ features Brazil coach Felipe “Big Phil” Scolari looking rather dapper – suit jacket, neatly-clipped moustache, ultra-expensi(...)

Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa dives to stop a shot during their  World Cup Group A  match against Brazil at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza. Photograph:  Francois Xavier Marit/Reuters 1:20

Brazil 0 Mexico 0There has been plenty of talk of footballing ghosts here for Brazil and the scariest one for them is generally considered to be Urugu(...)